May 20, 2014

Vocal Point: African Genealogy, Watch Full Episode Here!

Watch Vocal Point, African Genealogy, Finding Present-Day Meaning In Our Distant Past

India Arie, Tom Joyner, Representative John Lewis –just some of the many celebrities who’ve joined hundreds of everyday African Americans to embrace the growing phenomenon of DNA sequencing and traced their Ancestral Roots to specific present-day countries on the African continent.

On the next Vocal Point, we’ll talk with panelists about DNA science, it’s value, and the social implications for those seeking to clarify their place in the African Diaspora.

And, we’ll speak with everyday citizens for whom finding out they were from – Cameroon, Nigeria or Sierra Leone – went far beyond the simple knowledge itself.   So join us for African Genealogy:  Finding Present-day Meaning In Our Distant Past!



Meet our guests!


Gina Paige is the President and Co-creator of African Ancestry, Inc.   She was also the founder and president of GPG Strategic Resources, a boutique New York consulting firm specializing in strategy development, new product development and project management. With her signature entrepreneurial approach, some of the nation’s leading blue-chip companies benefited from her leadership and management skills for improved profitability. Paige resides in Washington, D.C. and holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business.

Paige will discuss African African’s testing process and their philosophy of reconnecting people of the African Diaspora with the roots of their family tree.



Glenn Gordon (NSangou)- is an actor and playwright from Baltimore, MD.  He is also co-founder of The Continuum Project, Inc., a company combining the Arts and African Ancestry testing to empower communities.  Glenn is currently a member of The Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater in New York.  In 2011, he wrote and performed his play Re:Definition, in response to the discovery of his Ancestry results.  The play was directed by Chadwick Boseman.  He received his BFA in Acting from Howard University.  He also received the name NSangou from the Bamoun/Tikar people in 2011.

Glenn will speak to the transformative nature of this experience as it relates to his life.  And on how he is using that experience in his work to empower those of African Ancestry, particularly the youth.



Dr. Georgia M. Dunston is the founding and interim director of the National Human Genome Center (NHGC) at Howard University, where she is also director of molecular genetics.  Dr. Dunston is instrumental in bringing multicultural perspectives and resources to an understanding of knowledge gained from the Human Genome Project and research on human genome variation and population diversity.  As a human immunogeneticist, she is particularly interested in the genetics of diseases common in African Americans and others from the African diaspora.  It is this intersection of her research on genome variation and population diversity with health and disease that is the attraction for her presence here this evening on our panel for this Genealogy Studio Show.  She can address, in detail, the science behind genetics testing, etc.


10 years and counting!

African Ancestry is a company that helps transform the way people view themselves and the way they view Africa!

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Rick Kittles and Gina Paige, African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent having helped more than 150,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree.

Most companies can only tell you what continent you originated from, but not what country. With the industry’s largest and most comprehensive database of over 30,000 indigenous African samples, African Ancestry determines specific countries and—more often than not—specific ethnic groups of origin with an unrivaled level of detail, accuracy and confidence.

African Ancestry is committed to providing a unique service to the black community by working daily to improve the cultural, emotional, physical, spiritual and economic well-being of people across the African Diaspora.